Celtic left with work to do in Finland
Celtic 2 HJK Helsinki 1:Celtic came from behind to beat their Finnish opponents in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifier at Parkhead, but the goal conceded leaves Neil Lennon’s men with plenty to do next week.
The Hoops were made to pay for early profligacy less than two minutes into the second half when Rasmus Schuller fired the visitors ahead.
Parkhead striker Gary Hooper levelled in the 54th minute, before defender Charlie Mulgrew headed the winner seven minutes later.
Lennon will rue the moment of slackness which could ultimately end his Champions League dream, but the Parkhead boss will be heartened by the way his players reacted in adversity.
With a little bit of luck, Celtic, playing their first competitive game of the season, could have ended the game at least a couple of goals clear of a team who did not look any fitter or sharper despite being 19 games into their domestic season.